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Fiction: Rogues edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 21 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Rogues book coverSkirting across genres to deliver a variety of stories centered on tricksters, rogues, and conmen, Rogues, the 2014 anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Doizois, features work by an all-star writing cast, including Gillian Flynn, Cherie Priest, Scott Lynch, and Lisa Tuttle. Those counting down to season 7 of Game of Thones will get a special treat! Martin includes a Song of Ice and Fire novelette, “The Rogue Prince, or, a King’s Brother,” set in Westeros hundreds of years before Game of Thrones takes place.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as reading a book of short stories.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book of short stories or one highlighted on the MPPL website.

Staff Pick: Most Talkative by Andy Cohen

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 22 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

 Janine from Circulation suggests Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen

Most Talkative book coverAndy Cohen is the mastermind behind the Real Housewives franchise, and in his book Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture, he fills readers in on the road that led him to Bravo. Cohen is candid, and doesn’t hold back in terms of embarrassing moments or behind-the-scenes stories about the Housewives or other guests from his nightly Bravo talk show, Watch What Happens Live. Cohen’s story is full of humor as he details his rise through show business, leading ultimately to his job as an Executive on the Bravo network. He’s not afraid to talk about his own celebrity obsessions and character faults, making for a fun read that’s even more enjoyable in the audio version, which is narrated by Cohen himself.

If you’re already familiar with Andy Cohen or just enjoy celebrity gossip, Most Talkative won’t disappoint.

For more celebrity memoirs, try…

The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating
by Carole RadziwillThe Widows Guide to Sex and Dating book coverA humorous story about a widowed New Yorker trying to reinvent herself after her husband’s death. Written by an actual Real Housewife of New York City!
All My Life
by Susan LucciAll My Life book coverInspired to read more about Susan Lucci after you hear about Andy Cohen’s obsession with her? Look no further than the All My Children star’s very own memoir!

 

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A to Z Index 
by Kathy GriffinKathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins book coverIf it’s celebrity gossip you want, than Griffin’s latest is for you. The irreverent comedian details run-ins with celebrities of all levels and ages, dictionary-style.
Man Up!
by Ross MathewsMan Up! book coverMathews turned a lifelong obsession with pop-culture into a job in Hollywood, and tells all about it in this memoir.
Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir 
by Padma LakshmiLove, Loss, and What We Ate book coverThe Bravo-lebrity best known for her work as a judge on Top Chef shares her own unforgettable journey in rich, provocative language and even a few recipes.

 

Read one of these books for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
All books can count as a nonfiction book.

For the Master Class Designers…
All books will count as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 23 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

 

Imprisoned in the famed Hotel Metropol, we meet the Russian Count Alexander Rostov. He has been sentenced to house arrest for having written an allegedly incendiary poem critical of the revolution, and at once finds his life of aristocratic luxury reduced to a small room atop the regal hotel. The Count, however, retains his affable charm and noble bearing, engaging with the various menagerie of guests who visit the hotel over the years. Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow is a lovely story of historical fiction with an elegance all its own.
Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre (historical fiction) or a book with a big-city setting.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a humorous book, one with a big-city setting, or one highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 24 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Lovecraft Country book cover

If you count yourself a fan of the movie Get Out, we have just the book for you! Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff offers a similar mash-up of horror, suspense, and social commentary that results in fantastic entertainment. It begins when the car of Korean War vet Atticus Turner breaks down, and finding help via the the Safe Negro Travel Guide stirs up additional trouble. From there the characters encounter secret societies, sorcerers, tentacled creatures, cursed dolls, and other worlds. As scary as these things are, they aren’t nearly as chilling as the racism of 1950s Jim Crow America, so prepare yourself for what’s to come.

Equally appealing to those who enjoy the thought-provoking, the weird, the page-turning, or the subversive, this is one homage that you’ll have to experience for yourself.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre (fantasy/horror/satire), a book with a person of color as main character, or as a book of interconnected short stories.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a humorous, sad, or scary book, one with a person of color as main character, a book of interconnected short stories, or as one highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 25 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Following four lives in a small Italian villa at the end of World War II, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje solemnly paints the emotional aftermath of war. The story has accumulated several awards between the book winning the Booker Prize and the film sweeping the 1997 Academy Awards with nine awards, including best picture.

This book is eligible for Summer Reading.

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a book that was made into a movie.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a sad book, a book made into an Academy Award winning movie, or one highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: Startup by Doree Shafrir

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 26 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

When you hear the word “startup” you probably think of Silicon Valley in California. However, New York City has a budding startup culture of its own, and this vibrant city is the backdrop for Startup, the debut novel by Buzzfeed and Rolling Stone editor Doree Shafrir. The story follows the lives of four characters who are submerged in a youth-dominated, risk-taking, high stakes startup world where techies furiously scramble to create the next multi-million dollar app. Early 20-something Katya is a tech reporter looking for a big story, prodded at every turn by her 40-something year old boss, Dan.  Dan’s wife Sabrina works for tech wonderkid Mack McAllister, whom Dan abhors. Their lives are forever altered by a string of bad decisions that may jeopardize Mack’s career and Dan and Sabrina’s marriage.  A page-turning view of the tech industry, warts and all.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a book with a big-city setting.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a humorous book, one with a big-city setting, or one highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: Hot Tamara by Mary Castillo

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 27 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Hot Tamara book cover

For all of her 26 years, Tamara has done what is expected…until now. Tired of being the good girl, she decides the time has come to distance herself from her family, break with her unexciting boyfriend, and move from her close-knit Hispanic community to reinvent herself in Los Angeles. When Tamara bumps into her high school bad-boy crush, now working as a firefighter, she’s sure her fantasy life is welcoming her with open arms. Of course, adulting isn’t quite that simple, as she soon learns.

Light, fun, and sexy, Hot Tamara by Mary Castillo is a breezy beach read that isn’t afraid to depict the tension between first-generation Americans and their heritage yet still keeps hope alive for that happy rom-com ending.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre (romance, contemporary women’s fiction), a book with a big-city setting, or a book with a person of color as author or main character.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a humorous book, one with a big-city setting, a book with a person of color as author or main character, or one highlighted on the MPPL website.

28 More Days Left of Summer Reading!

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 28 more days until the end of Summer Reading!

Mount Prospect was tasked with seeing if they can fill up this entire house before the end of Summer Reading. We’re getting close! With only 28 days left, will we be able to complete the house? With your help, we can!

Picture of Summer Reading House

Check back here for every day for more slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect! Not sure what we’re talking about? Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

 

Staff Pick: Short Fiction by Maeve Binchy and Stephen King on Audio

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 29 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Picture of DonnaIf you are busy and can’t find time to read, try audiobooks! Many famous authors have collections of short stories that are perfect if you have only small commutes in your daily life. From Maeve Binchy’s A Few of the Girls, featuring warm stories about female friendships, to the horror fiction of Stephen King’s Everything’s Eventual: Five Dark Tales, there is something for every mood.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
Either of these could count as a book of short stories, a book from a favorite genre, a book from a new-to-you genre, or a book with a small town setting.

For the Master Class Designers…
Either may count as a book of short stories or a book highlighted on the MPPL website.  The Stephen King collection is also an option for a scary book.

Fiction: The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 30 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

More than a century before Death of a Salesman or Glengarry Glen Ross there was Nikolai Gogol’s The Overcoat. Though just 64 pages, this seminal piece of Russian fiction has inspired countless authors. Fyodor Dostoyevsky himself is quoted as saying “We all come out from Gogol’s Overcoat.” Perhaps you’ll even remember the protagonist from Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake was named after Gogol. For a deeply powerful examination of human fragility and the essence of humanity, there is none more powerful than this book.

Set in St. Petersburg, it is the story of Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin, who conscientiously goes about his government work while slowly becoming aware of the inadequacy of his threadbare overcoat. Unable to have it repaired, Akaky devotes himself singularly to saving the amount needed to have a new overcoat made. Yet with his goal finally attained, tragedy ensues.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This could count as a book with a big city setting or a book under 150 pages.

For our Master Class Builders…
This could count as a book with a big city setting or a book translated from another language.